So I discovered Paleo around Christmas and I've been trying to find the right balance for myself. It's working pretty well (after a few bumps) and I've decided it might be a really good choice for my 4 year old son Caleb who has had digestive issues his whole life. A little background:
1) He's a twin, they were born 30 weeks premature
2) He was in hospital for 4 months with lots of breathing issues and lots of feeding issues. He was mainly fed expressed breast milk through a feeding tube, but the doctor's insisted he aslo have a dairy based "fortifier" because of his slow weight gain.
3) Since being home he has had ongoing issues with digestion (bloating, diarrhea, stomach cramps) and he is super, super skinny (other than his huge bloated belly).
4) He has been tested for celiac, allergies (allergic to milk), he's had a gastrointestinal scope. He's had way too many doctors appointment - but he's a great sport and has decided he's going to be a doctor when he grows up :)
I recently switched him to a paleo elimination diet - no dairy (he actually hasn't had dairy for years), no grains, no sugar (except a tiny amount of maple syrup sometimes) and no processed food. I've also excluded eggs, nuts, tomatoes, potatoes and peppers. I give him kids digeestive enzymes, probiotics and a gluten free multivitamin.
It's only been about 4 days and he was seeming to be a bit better (slightly less digestive problems), but today he got really sick again and his belly got all bloated. We've been keeping a food diary and I can't see what might have caused it so I'm wondering:
1) Could fruit be a problem? I am not at all worried about him gaining weight (in fact I would jump with joy if he gained a pound - it has taken him a year to gain the last pound and he only weighs 29 pounds). I've been letting him have almost as much fruit as he wants as long as he eats his meat first.
2) Should I eliminate coconut? He really likes it but I'm worried it could be an irritant. We've been giving him lots of coconut milk, coconut oil, avocado, bacon - any other ideas for kid-friendly high calorie food?
3) How long before we really see a change? Should we expect him to have belly problems as he heals or should we tighten his diet even more when he has these outbreaks (maybe exclude fruit)?
Any ideas, thoughts, criticisms would be really appreciated. I would do anything to see him as healthy and thriving as his twin (fraternal not identical).
Thanks for reading this long ass question :)